Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police
A police officer has been given a final written warning after a misconduct hearing found he committed gross misconduct.
PC Mahipalsinh Solanki, based at West Area Command Unit, appeared at a misconduct hearing on 18 October to answer allegations that his conduct amounted to breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Honesty and Integrity and Authority, Respect and Courtesy.
It was alleged that on 4 November 2019, whilst on duty in full uniform, PC Solanki attended a Road Traffic Collision (RTC) where one of the two parties to the RTC was his wife.
It is alleged that whilst at the scene PC Solanki failed to identify himself at any time whilst dealing with a member of the public involved in the RTC, as the husband of the other driver involved;
It was further alleged he failed to inform a supervisor that he knew one of the parties to the RTC; improperly asked questions of the member of the public as to how the RTC had occurred, putting pressure on her and telling her and/or attributing to her that she was at fault for the RTC and contacted a colleague and without mentioning the involvement of his wife in the RTC, asked him to perform a PNC check on the member of the public’s motor vehicle with no proper policing purpose for it.
Commander Pete Gardner, in charge of policing in West Area, said: “PC Solanki completely abused his position by failing to disclose his wife was one of the parties involved in the collision. The public quite rightly expect the highest standards of integrity from police officers and PC Solanki attempted to abuse his policing powers for personal gain.